Cafe owner threw out paparazzi at Princess Diana's request

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A London cafe owner has revealed how he once threw out paparazzi at Princess Diana's request.

Abdul Daqud, who owns Café Diana in Kensington, says he was asked by the royal personally to remove members of the media from his establishment opposite the Kensington Palace gates.

"Princess Diana, she's always been followed by paparazzi," Mr Daqud tells Yahoo UK's The Royal Story.

"One day the paparazzi was waiting, waiting since the morning. At four o'clock they give up, they put all their cameras on the table and they start having their food.

"Suddenly Princess Diana came out, driving her car and stopped the car in the middle of the street.

"And she called me. And she said to me, 'Abdul, throw them out!'

"I said, 'yes ma'am.'"

Mr Daqud named his cafe after the Princess of Wales after realising his business' close proximity to the royal's residence.

The cafe walls are filled with images of the late royal and was visited by Diana once, who ordered a cappuccino, says Mr Daqud.

"I named the café after I saw Princess Diana coming out of the gate. I didn't know that my shop was opposite Kensington Palace and Princess Diana was living there. I thought, this is the best thing that has happened this morning for me. I will call it Café Diana.

"Surprisingly she came after a few weeks. I was in big shock. Then I said to my waitress, 'Please ask her what she likes to drink'. She said, 'I like cappuccino. And when I took the cappuccino for her my hands were shaking.

"Five minutes later we were just like a friend."

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File photo dated 29/6/1994 of the Princess of Wales arriving at the Serpentine Gallery in London's Hyde Park to attend a gala dinner as its patron. Twenty-five years ago, the Princess of Wales stepped out in her "revenge dress".
Diana and the Queen snapped in good spirits.
TETBURY, UNITED KINGDOM - JULY 18: Princess Diana Resting Her Head In Her Hands Whilst Sitting On The Steps Of Her Home At Highgrove, Gloucestershire. (Photo by Tim Graham Photo Library via Getty Images)

The Princess of Wales rides in the passenger seat of a vintage Mercedes-Benz.

Princess Diana, Prince Harry, Prince William, Prince Charles at William's first day at Eton.
circa 1965: A young Lady Diana Spencer (1961 - 1997), later the wife of Prince Charles.
Prince Charles and his fiancee Lady Diana Spencer with Queen Elizabeth II at Buckingham Palace, 7th March 1981.
Prince Charles  and Lady Diana Spencer on their wedding day.
Prince Charles and Lady Diana Spencer on their wedding day.
Prince Charles, the Prince of Wales kissing his wife, Princess Diana (1961 - 1997), on the balcony of Buckingham Palace after their marriage.
Princess Diana on her wedding day.
(FILE PHOTO) The Prince and Princess of Wales leave St Paul's Cathedral after their wedding, 29th July 1981. She wears a wedding dress by David and Elizabeth Emmanuel and the Spencer family tiara.
A pregnant Princess of Wales joins the royal family on the balcony of Buckingham Palace for the Trooping of the Colour ceremony, June 1982. The Queen, Prince Philip, Princess Alexandra of Kent and Angus Ogilvy are among the group. 
(FILE PHOTO) The Princess of Wales attends a dinner held by President Ghulam Ishaq Khan in Islamabad during her official visit to Pakistan, September 1991.
Princess Diana pictured in a tiara.

Diana looks deep in thought on her wedding day.

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Princess Diana in a stylish evening gown.
Princess Diana and Prince Philip at a polo match in Windsor on July 26th , 1987.
Prince Charles and Princess Diana leave St. Mary’s Hospital in London, with Prince Harry on September 16, 1984.
Princess Diana with her sons William and Harry in 1995.
Princess Diana pictured in a stylish beret.
Princess Diana is snapped in India.
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Princess Diana pictured with young William.
Princess Diana is seen holding hands with her two young sons William and Harry.
Princess Diana with William and Harry.
Diana with her sons in December 1995.
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An adorable Prince William and Prince Harry can be seen standing beside their mother, Princess Diana, as a little girl gives flowers to the Queen Mother in 1991.

Prince Charles, Prince of Wales, kissing Princess Diana, Princess of Wales, at a polo match.
Diana gets involved in a parents' day race.

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Diana and Charles pictured at a glamorous evening event.
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Charles and Diana as newlyweds.
Diana sporting a casual look.

Diana wears a tartan outfit to match Charles' kilt for a trip to Scotland.

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Diana dazzles in white frock and tiara during trip to the Middle East.
Diana pictured with baby Harry.
Diana poses for pictures with members of the public during a walkabout.
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Diana pictured alongside a stern-faced Queen.
Diana pictured alongside Princess Anne.
TETBURY, UNITED KINGDOM - JULY 18: Princess Diana Resting Her Head In Her Hands Whilst Sitting On The Steps Of Her Home At Highgrove, Gloucestershire. (Photo by Tim Graham Photo Library via Getty Images)

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